The History Of Programming Languages [Infographic]

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18 Responses to The History Of Programming Languages [Infographic]

  1. I want to like this infographic, but I can't. Too many spelling errors and I have no idea what metric they are using to gauge popularity.
    The java code example I found hilarious though.

  2. Okay, what the hell. I know for certain that Java isn't even close to as popular as this infographic makes it out to be. Any website relying on Java is likely to just piss users off and make them go elsewhere (Chrome even recognizes this fact, and it prompts people if they even want to allow Java to load). I think they got Java and JavaScript mixed up during their research… it's JavaScript that nearly every website on the internet relies on. And saying Java is more popular than C and C++? F'ing seriously, guys? Seriously?! Even spellcheck should've been able to see the flaw in THAT statistic…

      • Assembly is simply human OPcode. Human processor instructions. All processors have different commands, or most do. Thus that, Assembly remains the same with few differences.

    • Actually, with the exception of people working on the kernel, almost no-one uses (or is even more than passingly familiar) with Assembly language because it is so low level that using it is not cost or time effective.

      Also: maintaining someone else's assembly program is murder.

  3. I was excited about it, until I read two parts:

    "the Qwerty keyboard was responsible for the majority of computer languages ever created"

    "Linux is based on C"

    The first completely ignores the work of many very creative and clever individuals and gives the credit to a a hunk of plastic and metal.

    The second just tweaks a screwdriver in the part of my brain that hates terminology mistakes – programs are WRITTEN in a language, not BASED on a language.

    • False. There's languages out there used by Computers, and Computers don't "write" they "do" commands;
      And please notice the difference between a digital, Personal-Computer, and a digital computer.
      (Lastly: Binary is NOT a language, but a mathematical base(2));

  4. Interesting information… Do I believe it 100%, no!
    The source of the popularity is doubtful, but the information about the history of each language (dates) is quite interesting. I wonder how hard it is to find a programmer with FORTRAN knowledge nowadays….

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